Kidspace Idea Book: Creative Playrooms Clever Storage Ideas Retreats for Teens Toddler-Friendly Bedrooms

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Like a much-needed new pair of shoes for a kid who's outgrown the old ones, The Kidspace Idea Book fits the American family comfortably and well. It's filled with fresh, practical design ideas for creating family spaces that function for both kids and adults.

Through photos and plans, each section of the book covers a different area of the house and then moves outside -- from bedroom to playroom, kitchen to tree house. Detail photos zoom in on ideas for storage and design that ...

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Overview

Like a much-needed new pair of shoes for a kid who's outgrown the old ones, The Kidspace Idea Book fits the American family comfortably and well. It's filled with fresh, practical design ideas for creating family spaces that function for both kids and adults.

Through photos and plans, each section of the book covers a different area of the house and then moves outside -- from bedroom to playroom, kitchen to tree house. Detail photos zoom in on ideas for storage and design that help make kids' rooms look better and work harder. Quick-read sidebars list tips on such topics as storage options, materials, design, planning, layout, and lighting.

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When you were a child, where did you like to be? Spying on the world from a secret nook? Swinging your body around in the middle of the yard? In this book, award-winning architecture writer Wendy A. Jordan shows us how to create homes that let children be themselves. “Our lives center around our kids,” explains Jordan, “and we want our houses to reflect that commitment…. Now the whole house sends kids a message that says: ‘This is your home, too.’” In this book, Jordan lays out the best ideas for giving kids space: in hideaways, in common areas, and in our lives.

To begin with, Jordan takes a fresh look at kids’ rooms. “The best of these rooms are functional, organized, versatile, and, above all, adaptable,” she explains. “So as kids grow and change, these rooms can be reinvented without a lot of hassle and planning.” That means finding a space -- even in a snug city apartment -- that can be developed from a soothing nursery to a toy-strewn playpen to a private teen hangout. Creating that level of flexibility can be challenging, but Jordan provides her readers with plenty of surprising solutions. “Even a quirky room can present fresh opportunities,” she counsels. “A narrow wall might be just the place for a magazine or coloring-book rack…. In small rooms…a little style goes a long way.”

But a child needs more than a bedroom to feel totally at home. “Whether it’s a playroom, homework center, or some tiny niche that no adult could even squeeze into, these just-for-kids spaces are some of the most important in the home,” explains Jordan, “because they’re where children can freely play, explore, imagine, and learn.” In this book, we find ideas for some amazing nooks: attic lofts, hallway reading niches, and even transformed closets. These kinds of places allow kids privacy, along with a sense of magic and mystery.

Jordan also includes some exciting ideas for incorporating kids’ needs into our common space. Why not include bins for coloring supplies in the kitchen? Or a series of built-in cubbies under the main stairway where kids can store and display their toys? “Thanks to this enlightened approach [to home design], kids are now welcomed and accommodated,” says Jordan. “It’s a giant step forward in practical home design.” This book, with its revolutionary ideas and easy-to-use structure, should help anyone refurbishing for a family. (Jesse Gale)

Library Journal
These books are aimed at anyone interested in designing children's bedrooms and kid-friendly houses. Jordan considers every room of the home when discussing children's needs, including bathrooms, storage rooms, and outdoor and indoor play areas, and also shows how to incorporate children's activities into the family room and kitchen. She also presents a larger range of bedrooms for children from babies to teenagers than is found in Jemima Mills's From a House to a Home (LJ 1/01). L vy considers all aspects of designing a child's bedroom, including lighting, furniture, floor and wall coverings, and window treatments. This book's strength is the large number of color photographs depicting designer-created rooms, accompanied by a discussion of how the child's needs and desires have been incorporated into the design. Projects are interspersed throughout, but illustrations are not included. A list of resources is provided in both books. The Kidspace Idea Book is recommended for its overall treatment of decorating for children, with Kids' Rooms as a well-illustrated companion if needed. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641916670
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy A. Jordan a former vice president of Hanley-Wood and founding editor of Remodeling magazine, Jordan runs her own editorial business in Washington, D.C.,and serves as senior contributing editor of Professional Remodeler magazine. Her remodeling journalism has garnered many awards, including four Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Awards, two Neal Award Certificates, and a special Editorial Excellence Award from the chairman of the NAHB Remodelors' Council.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Chapter 1 Houses Made for Children 4
So What Are the Trends? 6
Planning for What You Want 11
Great Family Areas 14
Look for Overlooked Space 17
The Great Backyard 21
About This Book 23
Chapter 2 Bedrooms and Baths 24
Beginning with the Nursery 28
Rooms for Toddlers 32
Rooms for Grade Schoolers 38
Almost Teenagers 54
The Teenager's Room 62
Bathrooms for Kids 70
A Place for Everything 78
Chapter 3 Places Built Just for Kids 86
Suites 88
Playrooms 94
Hideaways 104
Places to Do Homework 112
Special-Activity Rooms 117
Chapter 4 Rooms for the Whole Family 122
Family Rooms 126
Kitchens and Eating Areas 133
Stowing Gear 140
Chapter 5 Playing Outside 146
Basic Play Areas 148
Playhouses 152
Tree Houses 160
Resources 168
Credits 169
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